Our comprehensive teaching programmes are based on the New Zealand Curriculum as prescribed by the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

The New Zealand Curriculum is highly regarded internationally.


Information about the New Zealand Curriculum Levels.


Reading, Writing and Mathematics - Curriculum Year Levels.


Core Curriculum — Educating for Excellence

The school curriculum is made up of eight essential learning areas:

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  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Social Science
  • Health & Physical Education
  • The Arts
  • Learning Languages

Underpinning the curriculum areas are five key competencies:

  • Thinking
  • Understanding language, symbols and texts
  • Relating to others
  • Managing self
  • Participating & contributing

Enrichment Programmes

In addition to the core curriculum, St Heliers School provides a wide range of experiences

and resources to foster student learning.


For information about Enrichment Programmes Click here


Second Language Programme               

Mandarin is offered to Year 5 to Year 8 students.  


A Mandarin Learning Assistant is employed to assist with the delivery of the programme.


Cultural Learning

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Te Reo Maori and New Zealand Sign Language are official languages in New Zealand.  English is the medium for teaching in most schools.


Aotearoa New Zealand has a proud bi-cultural history. At St Heliers School our students are exposed to a range of cultural experiences relating to Tikanga, Te Reo and Te Ao Māori.


We aim to uphold all of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. 


During students' time at our school, the students gain understanding of Maori culture and language and how that strengthens our bicultural relationship.


Students have a diverse range of experiences, including a visit to a Marae in Auckland, powhiri practices, foundation level of Te Reo (Maori language) is used daily, Kapa Haka (cultural performance group), Maori culture sessions within the classrooms.